First Thing to Do When You Get Your Very First iPhone

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What do you need to do now that you’ve got an iPhone? For any first users, the amount of stuff to set up an iPhone can be daunting, but here’s to walk you through the necessary steps to have your iPhone up and running.

Set up an iPhone Apple Account

To use several of the functionality on your phone, to set up an iPhone you’ll need to build an Apple account (iTunes, App Store, etc). When you just turn on your iPhone, you’ll be prompted to make one. To create your Apple ID, you’ll need to have an email address, so keep that in mind when you first turn on your phone. If you already have an iOS device and an Apple ID, you can start syncing it with iCloud so that a lot of the data on your old device can be downloaded to your new one automatically.

When you first sign in with your Apple ID on your iPhone, you can also put your credit card details so you can use it to purchase app and music. But you can also enter it later in Settings > iTunes & App Store > Apple ID > View Apple ID > Payment Information if you don’t want to deal with it right now.

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Quick Tips

This isn’t a complete list of all the touch gestures available on your phone, but it should be enough to get you started so you can easily follow the rest of this guide.

Opening Apps

Okay, this one is simple… To open an interface, simply double-click on the logo. Swipe your finger in the opposite direction to go to another tab where you can see your other apps (if you need to move right, swipe your finger left).

Moving and Deleting Apps

Holding down the icon of an App for a few seconds causes all of your Apps to shake and can be pushed around your screen by dragging them. To delete one, simply press the X in the upper left corner of the icon. Icons that don’t have an X on them come pre-installed on the phone and can’t be disabled.


Swiping down on the main screen brings up the highlighted search, which you can use to locate a specific app, email, note, search the site, or other items quickly.

Control Center

The control center is accessed by swiping up from the very bottom of your keyboard. You can access it from the lock screen, the home screen, and most apps (this is set up in Settings > Control Center).

This menu provides quick access to airplane mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, do not interrupt, portrait orientation, brightness, audio, AirDrop, torch, timer, calculator, and your camera.

Notification Center

Sweep down from the top of your device to reach the notification center, which displays the last few missed phone calls, texts, emails, and other notifications. Reminders, calendar activities, and app notifications will all appear here. So, if you miss anything, you can review your previous warnings here. Settings > Notification Center allows you to customize this menu even more.

Email Setup

To begin setting up an email account on your new phone, go to the Mail app. Simply enter your email address and password after selecting your email provider.

If you do have another email account that isn’t linked to either of these services, go to the bottom of the page and manually enter the server details. Manually entering this information should be covered in your email provider’s support section.

Adding your information

Another thing you’ll want to do is identify yourself on your phone. To make a new touch, open your iPhone’s contacts app and press the plus sign in the upper right corner. Adding basic details such as your name is only beneficial in the sense that Siri would know how to handle you.

It’s also useful to mention the names of your relatives so Siri can look them up for you when you say things like “Text my Mom” or “Where is my wife?”

After you’ve created your own contact log, go to Settings > General > Siri > My Info to allocate it to yourself. If you need to add more relatives after this, just say, “My wife’s name is Jacqueline,” and Siri will do the rest.

Siri can remember phrases like “Remind me to take out the trash when I get home” if you have your details set up.


You should be informed about Apple’s iCloud for two reasons: It backs up all of your important data on your phone and allows you to share it across all of your iOS devices.

Synchronizing IOS devices with iCloud

Settings > iCloud gives you access to your iCloud preferences. You’ll find a list of everything you can synchronize to your other iOS devices in this menu. Simply click the button to the right of each choice to share it (green indicates that it has been shared).
Contacts and images are immediately synchronized with other iOS devices that use the same iCloud account with the settings shown above, while the other settings are disabled.

Backing Up Content

iCloud shouldn’t be your only backup solution, particularly for images, but you can use it to save some important data and use it as a temporary backup for your photos before you can back them up properly in another way (on to an external hard drive, Dropbox, etc).

To set up an iPhone, go to iCloud > Storage & Backup in Settings > iCloud. You’ll find an option to allow iCloud Backup at the bottom of the screen, which “automatically backs up your camera roll, accounts, documents, and settings when this iPhone is plugged in, locked, and connected to Wi-Fi.”

Since iCloud has a lot of limitations, don’t expect it to be anything other than a half-baked backup of some of your phone’s material. Its capacity to synchronize your contacts, calendar events, reminders, and other data across all of your Apple devices, on the other hand, can be extremely useful.

Use Find My iPhone

Please ensure the Find My iPhone is switched on when you’re already in the iCloud settings menu. If you misplace your iPhone, you can track it down on a map, make it play a sound (even if it’s on silent), send a message to someone who may have picked it up, lock it, delete it, and prevent it from being activated by another user.

You don’t need to do anything to configure the feature other than switching it on. You can find your iPhone by logging into iCloud or using the Find My iPhone app on another iOS device, and you can try out some of the features.

Find your Friends

If your friends and family have an iPhone, you can use the Find My Friends app to locate them.

Getting a new phone the first thing you’ll need to add the contacts whose location you’d like to monitor. Open the window, click Add in the upper right corner, and type the email address that they use for their iPhone/iTunes (this is the irritating part). If you already know, you’ll have to ask them what email they use, which is also a good time to ask if they mind if you keep track of their every move from that point forward.

Social Network Setting Configuration

Head To settings and scroll down to see the options for setting up sharing features and turning on/off alerts for your Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking accounts. Setup is simple; simply click on each one and enter your username and password. Then, in the same menu, you can customize the relevant settings.

Customizing your contacts

Since we’re on the topic of contacts, there are a few cool things you can do to personalize your contacts that you should be aware of. Take the time to include an address and a birthday instead of just a first name, last name, and phone number. The person’s birthday (or anniversary, or whatever else you choose) will appear in your Calendars app, and since their address is stored in their contact information, you can simply type their name into Maps or ask Siri for directions to their home.

You can also give each of your contacts a personalized ringtone, so you’ll recognize who’s calling without having to look at your phone. You can also adjust the tone that plays and the way your phone buzzes when they call, as well as the sound that plays and the way it vibrates when they send you a text message.